Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club


Mark your calendars to reserve this special day because
we are expecting YOU! Face with stuck-out tongue and winking eye
 
 
Ahui Hou,
Maile Yagi for WBDC
 
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
 
 
We only get news from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's in Wahiawa. Anyone else? We are for the dancers and any information we can give them will be appreciated by everyone. Perhaps when the new Latin Dance Club is formed, we can give them all the Public Relations that we can, "for the dancers."


 "People Get Ready" by the Impressions

Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals. It is the most efficient and least expensive PR.

Moving Along

I am pretty close to the point of diminishing returns, posting by myself. The difference will be in the Two Centers who later on, may choose to be Guest Authors. With enough guest authors, the hits will go through the ceiling and the blog, whichever one it is, will be ready for independence. From? From me of course.

"The beginning may be the most important part of the work."
 

I must get other opinions constantly into these blogs. The diversity of opinion and point of view is crucial to the success of our kind of blogging. Those people that contribute information and photos and find it a pleasant diversion can progress into being official Guest Authors. There are no registration fees, no annual or monthly dues, no meetings.
 
"Red Rubber Ball" by Cyrcl

 And you blog whenever you damn well please. I am not being too strict, am I? They can get into the blog, write, publish, and get out by themselves, just using their password to get past Blogger. And they can do it once a day, once a week or once a month. From there it is relatively easy to take photos and post them into the blog for the benefit of all.


I learned that for our dancing blogs, I must build traffic by creating good content and promoting it from the places where my audiences (plural) are. The more individuals and audiences I can get to put in their two cents, the better - Social Media.

Meanwhile we must go forward in our efforts to communicate to everyone and try to get as many of our fellow dancers to agree that it is far better to help people up than to hold them down. Some simply do not understand, it make take awhile. I am certainly glad to have met so many out there that agree.
 
Who said? "I will never allow anyone to do me the injury of hating them."
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rosy New Years

Another New Year coming up and yet New Year's eve is like every other night. There is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be  noted - and yet no person has quite the same thoughts on that evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. It may give us another chance to do better.
 
"In some places a rumor without a leg to stand
on will get around some other way."

There is something that our dance society calls each of us when it wants to put us in our place, when it wants to shut us up, when we have been too loud, too big, too opinionated, too successful, too far beyond what is considered acceptable for whatever group we fall into. In town the Creative Researchers And Producers usually decide it. And now there is an all ladies group too, the "Ladies Into Easy Screening."


Our blogs are the beginning of the Soap Box theory in a new mode. Most of the young have never heard of the Soap Box. It happened many year ago before radio, TV and the Internet. A person wanted to be heard and grabbed a Soap Box and took it to Park and got up on it. Hopefully he would be heard but mostly to only a few.

But attempts to be heard have been there for millenniums back. If you remember "The Tragedy of Julius Ceasar" by Shakespeare, written 300 years ago, about something that happened 1700 years before that, there is a good example.

In killing Ceasar, the conspirators make clear that they committed this act for Rome, not for their own purposes and do not attempt to flee the scene. After Caesar's death, Brutus delivers an oration defending his actions, and for the moment, the crowd is on his side.

However, Mark Antony, with a subtle and eloquent speech over Caesar's corpse — beginning with the much-quoted "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" — deftly turns public opinion against the assassins by manipulating the emotions of the common people, in contrast to the rational tone of Brutus's speech, "And Brutus is an honorable man."

"Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Our wish for all in the Chinese New Year: "May your hand always be stretched out in help and friendship, never in want."

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Fabulous Palomar Ballroom

The beautiful Palomar Ballroom, on Vermont Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street in Los Angeles, was built in 1925 and was billed as "the largest and most famous dance hall on the West Coast." The building featured a large mezzanine, a balcony, and a seventy-five hundred square foot patio. The dance floor could accommodate four thousand couples. It must have been a little larger than the Palladium.

"The Puritan's idea of hell is a place where everybody has to mind his own business."
 
Admission was big bucks: 40 cents for gentlemen and 25 cents for ladies. Opening night was attended by 20,000, including many of Hollywood's silent screen stars. It soon became a prime venue for the big bands that were rapidly gaining popularity. No Blacks, Orientals or Latinos allowed.

Ten years later, on August 21, 1935, Benny Goodman began his first Palomar engagement, let himself go and that marked the start of the Swing Era. During the last two weeks in 1937, box office sales exceeded 50,000.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

The ballroom hosted popular orchestras and big bands. Nightly radio broadcasts on local station KFLJ attracted large crowds to the "Dining, Dancing, and Entertainment Center of the West." The famed structure was the backdrop for several major Hollywood films that included "The Big Broadcast of 1937," made during Benny Goodman's return engagement, and, "Dancing Coed," which starred Lana Turner and Artie Shaw's band.

By 1939, the Palomar had been completely re-modeled. A modern cooling system was installed, cocktail lounges and soda fountains were added, and the dance floor was enlarged. The exotic Moorish decor was not changed. The admission charges went up to 75 cents for gentlemen and 40 cents for ladies.


Then on October 2, 1939, the Palomar Ballroom burned to the ground.

 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lit And Lat

Everything perking on all cylinders. Received from Aunty Maile: Apparently there are plenty of our fellow reader/dancers that go on cruises. And many tell me of the dancing opportunities aboard ship, sounds pretty good.

 
The Affordable Care Act, the greatest thing to help the non-rich in their Medical bills, was almost knocked out by the Republican Attack Dogs. The worst organization (of the rich) in the US today. the KKK were peanuts in comparison.
 
Richie Fun has a nice write up on City happenings in the famous Town Dancer blog.
  
 
Pub's Side Note: In my Internet surfing I came across that wine may be better than hard liquor for my health. And in another, that to achieve true inner peace you must finish what you start. So far this afternoon, I just finished a bottle of Pinot Noir. I feel better already. Have a nice week.


 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Da Latest

This blog had no changes in the latest reappraisals so it is moving slowly but just fine. I had diluted the readership (too many blogs) and then they were also hampered by the scam spam robot hits. But now the entire enchilada is moving again, slowly but sure.

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief
is more likely to be more foolish than sensible"

I made connection with Facebook under an assumed name and it is only so, so. I got into Google Plus and I really don't know what I am doing there. But I got on Twitter again, and discovered many angles. I got a second and a third Twitter and getting in my good licks for our dance blogs.

The only thing really holding anything up is the lack of Two Centers or Guest Authors. The variety of unique opinion is what will do it. I am getting some interest through the micro blogs, especially Twitter. I look forward to getting rid of my best blog this year.


"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrews Sisters

Aloha Fun People!
Here is an invitation to lots of fun!  If you want to go, call the name on this poster and get a table together FAST!

 
Note: This message was shared to me by
Verna Hayashi-Nakahodo.
Mahalo nui, -  Maile
 
 
Pub's Side Note: People are beginning to realize that we dance to music. Our favorite music. The latest Rap Waltz that the disc jockey likes so much is not it. We are all aware that dancing to our favorite Rumba, where we gotta dance it,  is not the same as something similar and the DJ says, "You can dance Rumba to it." Auwe.
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ready To Roll

We are getting some movement in all the blogs. And it is not all Robot hits. The additional PR in the micros has helped. Now I just have to polish and patiently wait to get one of the blogs independent.

"People commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their
learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom"

Salsa seems to have peaked and Bachata is making good inroads. This type of music and dance has evolved for the young dancers. (under 30.) Let us not turn our collective noses up. The young have always been that way. They feel like jumping around when the music starts, they like to do tricks and the usual excuses go with the new type of music.

Fad dances have been around only a short time, maybe three or four millenniums but in the last three or four decades they seem to last longer. More money spent on hype and it has paid off handsomely for many. The spread internationally has also been easier. Salsa is now being danced around the world. And Bachata is not far behind.

"Moliendo Café por Azucar Moreno.


One good example of music and dance fad is Gangnam Style dancing. "Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1,"  the singer, has become an international sensation. As the song continues to rapidly gain popularity and ubiquity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, hailed it as a "force for world peace".

Gangnam style is a catchy song. Most fans have not understood almost any word in it but they do know that they like it. They have since become not just inspired by the song, but by the humility and down-to-earth attitude of the artist. They seem to see this guy laugh at himself or make fun of his own "super stardom status." This is a serious artist who does NOT take himself too seriously, and that is more than we can say about most artists out there who are the opposite (unserious artists who takes themselves too seriously).

Gangnam style is definitely danceable, but for the kids. The older, seasoned recreational dancer has had enough experience with fads. Now they have a definite preference for certain music, (The Oldies, but Goodies?) They enjoy dancing to "their" music and they can make their simple moves to the music in endless joy over and over again. The men learn to lead and then women learn to follow and each does their part to make each dance a pleasant experience. And this is our unique world.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dancing Show Business

From an old magazine:

Headline: 'Superstars of Dance' premiere: Just, WHY? ... I do recommend viewing the show as if it's an intentionally arranged nightmare ... which is pretty much the definition of what it is ANYWAY ... aggghh, mind melt!" Annie Barrett, Entertainment Weekly.

Headline: 'Superstars': A Blinding Onslaught of Glitz "If last night's premiere of 'Superstars of Dance' is any guide, you'll need a strong stomach -- and preferably an empty one -- to watch the second installment of the show tonight." Sarah Kaufman, the Washington Post.

"The best dancing rules rest on the dancers, and not on the few wheels, on persons and not presumed knowledge, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority"
 
After a few years viewer appreciation has definitely peaked and reached the law of diminishing returns. The costumes for the ladies in Latin and even in Ballroom, had been leaning more to the "sexy," to attract more viewers. But there were many complaints that some costumes are unsuitable for family viewing. While Latin dancing is renowned for its sexy costumes, some viewers reportedly believe some are taking it too far and are “embarrassingly revealing”.

"The hardest math to master is that which enables us
to count our blessings."

In a couple of months we will know for sure if the trend has been confirmed by everyone. In Hawaii, many are looking for the same level of interest, but most simply do not know.

"The Stroll" by The Diamonds

Apprentice Blogger Wanted. Should reside on Oahu and available to attend a dance function now and then. Information can be submitted by email along with a photo or two. I may furnish a point and shoot camera. Two Centers need about two minutes of instruction. Within a week or so, they should be able to decide which blog they wish to Guest Author.

Guest Authors can learn to blog on their own or with little coaching from the sidelines. They can get in, write, include photos, save and publish and get out without saying boo to anyone. From there, they can definitely help to get more fellow bloggers and make one of the blogs independent and able to operate without me.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Reappraisal

The reappraisal has not been so agonizing as before. I made most of my decisions for the beginning of the year and the results have been there for the first half of the month. There has been a definite decline in the influence of the Creative Researchers And Producers. People are beginning to realize that their truths are nil. Not bad overall but not really excellent.

"Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis,
yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice"

This year we are already seeing a new focus on the one of the most basic forms of communication: the written word. We should all know that words matter, writers matter, and the methods matter - so watch for the coming influence of dance blogs. And the people willing to share their opinions with their fellow dancers, regardless of club affiliations, dance studios or dance styles.


The North Shore blog has been deleted and the Eastside Dancing blog will be deleted on Chinese New Year. From the hit list they will not be missed.
 
"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

And I have changed the name of Makaha Knolls. I originally had Nanakuli Ridge but not enough understanding. They thought I was selling something. So I moved the name to the other side  of Waianae, and the same thing. From suggestions (what do I know?)  I have changed it to Waianae Coast and will let it ride for six months. So far it looks good.


I have extended the PR to include Google Plus, Facebook (under assumed name) and three twitter accounts. I will get the Two Centers from there. Once the factor of the unique independent opinion is confirmed the blogs will roll. The Two Centers will soon realize that sending their opinions by email are valuable. Then they may decide to get on as Guest Authors, get in, write, include photos, publish and get out all on their own, without saying boo to anyone.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Crunch Is Beginning.

The pressure is now on Waimalu Shopping Area. It is coming and there is nothing you can do about the greatest disruption of a community that has ever been done in the Pacific Basin. Let's face it, people don't count. It's the bread, Fred. It's the money, Sonny. It's the dough, Moe. Big Bucks in Profits.


Taken at the Present Rail Party headquarters. Hey,
those Mainlanders know what they are talking
about when they mention Big Bucks.
 
The Present Rail Party on the Rail Catastrophe has deleted the word "comfortable" in all the manuals and it is apparently forbidden to be mentioned on the Ivory Towers. But they are nice people and the part for the drivers, on how to use their feet to get more people in the bus, has been deleted, after all this is Hawaii. Although they have another chapter on "How to pack more sardines in a can," for people in the Ivory Towers.
 
 
The Articulated Bus and enough of them. One tenth the cost of Rail Crises, five times more efficient and I coulda got the bus right around the corner and get to town faster.
 
It does have a full chapter on Cattle Cars. How to getting them into short haul buses to the waiting pens and how to get the most cattle into a cattle cars without "too much" crowding. Then how to figure getting them out of the cattle cars and not lose too much time. And figure more ways of milking the public for all the money they can get. Hey we are talking millions and millions of dollars in profits. And many still do not know who is going to pay for all this. Ha!



 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Competition Dancing

By Francisco Cerecerez, Nuuanu.

We have accepted competitive dance as a popular, widespread activity in which competitors perform dances before a common group of judges. The International Style of Dance has covered this in Hawaii quite thoroughly in the last 40 years.

"Never lose a chance of saying a kind word - the soul of conversation is sympathy."

The competitive dance industry on the Mainland largely consists of competition production companies — also sometimes called dance competition companies — that conduct regional competitions at stops along their annual, nationwide tours. Dance Clubs and Dance schools, also referred to as dance studios, arrange for their classes to compete as groups.

Eventually some of the dance studios continually emerge as the best teachers of the dance. The results are there. On Oahu, two studios have been consistently dominant in teaching the best dancers of the International Style and have proven it in competitions.

By the same token two groups have been consistently at the bottom of the pile. But that is the name of their game. When the rootzi tootzis mention "junk dancers" they may not always be referring to American style. In competitive dances the proof is in the pudding.

"The best teachers are not always the best dancers, conversely,
the best dancers may not always be the best teachers."

Competitive dancers must be physically fit, because even short dances can be physically demanding. Dancers must continuously train to maintain and improve their technique, balance skills, strength and flexibility. International competition dancing requires dedication as it is typically a year round sport. When competition season is occurring and when not, dancers usually take weekly technique classes in all forms of the dance.


From the Dancer's Handbook


Dance Pavilion overlooking Nanakuli Beach
In England your teacher will suggest that you go for the Bronze Medal when he considers you sufficiently skilled. You will have to pay a small fee and your teacher will provide you with a partner that already has a Bronze medal.

You will then be expected to dance all the basic figures you have learned. You will not be asked any questions but will be judged solely on your ability to dance. You will be marked according to this ablility and as most examinations, you can gain a distinction, honors or merely a pass.

After the Bronze medal (level three) if you are good enough you can go to the Silver (level four) and then the Gold (level five.) These tests, of course, are progressively more difficult and when you have won a Gold medal, you can consider yourself reasonably skilled, but yet not anywhere near to the standard of most competition dances.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Spectator Division

Who Da Guy?
The dance viewers have always been there, a group of spectators at a public dance event, listeners or viewers collectively, as in attendance at a dinner/dance recital or showcase. A regular public that manifests interest, support, enthusiasm, or the like for "ballroom" dancing. We see them everywhere in our dance environment.

"The truth is always the strongest argument -
all great truths begin as blasphemies."

Thirty years ago, this particular audience of very little dance and much interest in viewing the folk dances presented was perhaps 5% of the attendees. It is perhaps 20 or 25% at present. Of course, the dancers have always appreciated the opportunity to see their fellow dancers in most group dances or routines. We had fewer outstanding exhibition type dancers in those days.

"I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles

The peak of viewers appreciation was when ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" outdrew both editions of Fox Broadcasting's "American Idol" several years back. It was the week's most-watched prime-time television program, the first time any regular series accomplished the feat, outside of post-Super Bowl shows, in nearly five years.

Many on the dance watch ("America's Best Dance Crew," "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With The Stars") were probably quietly hoping that NBC's "Superstars of Dance" did well. The mixture of styles, the continuation of the love of dance, the costumes and everything the viewers love.

"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

There are lots of recaps, but reviews were rolling in slowly last year. With pretty good numbers it looks like the audience may dwindle this coming year.   Looking at some of the comments, this year's reviews can't come fast enough!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Facebook is Dead

Long live Social Media
Posted in Social Media By Ashley Faulkes 

A few weeks ago my best friend pulled the plug on Facebook. He had been talking about it for quite a long time, but for ages he just could not bring himself to do it. He just talked about it alot….
“Yeah, I am gonna quit Facebook” -  “It’s all pictures of cats” -  “None of my real friends use Facebook” And so on.

And then suddenly……..poooof he was gone. Kinda like in that movie The Usual Suspects with Kevin Spacey. In fact, in my circle of friends, there are very few good friends of mine who are on Facebook or even post on there. This may not be indicative of the world as a whole……but times are a changing. Facebook is on the decline

Haven’t you given up on Facebook yet? According to the newspaper the Guardian - 10 Million US users dumped Facebook last year. And a recent survey about Facebook from PewInternet  showed that – 61% of people have taken an extended break of weeks or more. Things are kinda looking a bit gloomy – don’t you think?

Of course, with any Empire there is a period of intense growth and prosperity and then a decline. This sometimes accelerates and ends in a big BANG. Will this be Facebook’s fate? Avoiding the rapid decline There are many ways that Facebook has tried to make use of it’s large user base, and avoid the decline it is facing. Advertising - social media facebook

Facebook just throws ads in your face. It annoys people from what I am reading. If your friend likes a brand, suddenly you see it in your stream all the time. I am not sure our friends realise what liking that brand has done to your Facebook……it’s now filled with advertising detritus! Instead of their posts.

Sure Facebook has to make money, but by annoying people? I see ads on Google, and Gmail and Twitter, but somehow they are not as intrusive.  In fact, I rarely even see them! Even though they are there. In any case, the same article from the Guardian above, is also reporting that advertising in Europe and the US is declining on Facebook.

"Try not to become a person of success but a person of value."

Hmmmmm……$200+ Million profit last quarter, for a company with so many users. Watch out for that Iceberg!!. social media facebook

Pub's Side Note: No need for Blogs when people mention of where they develop the best International dancers in Honolulu, year after year. And conversely, the worst ones. But that is the name of their game, what do we know?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wahiawa Rolling

From: AuntyMaile@aol.
Sent: Tue 1/07/14 12:51 PM
To: auntymaile@aol.com

A INVITATION FROM INSTRUCTOR, CAROL KOHAGURA!

Aloha all,
Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to start moving again. I know I do after all the eating we did during Christmas and New Year's. Just a friendly reminder -- first line dance session for 2014 starts this Wednesday, Jan 8. Hope to see you there!
Carol

Cost: $10.00 per person for 6 weeks from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, every Wednesday at the Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room. WBDC membership - $5.00 per person per calendar year!

SEE YA!

Maile


We expect to see a lot more line dancers this year and we certainly do mean "beginners." What do they learn? First becoming accustomed the usual music that is used in our type of recreational dancing. If you have to have Rap Waltz this isn't it.


Second you learn the kinds of dancing we do in social dancing. It is not Hawaiian, and most of us realize we can only say good things about Hawaiian. But it is not us. And you will learn the two Divisions of our Recreational Dancing. The Caucasian and the Latin. No Hu Hu, just acceptance of each's territory.

From there everyone just puts it together and since you have no partner you develop your own unique styling. This is specially helpful for men. When you are ready, you can go into partner dancing and it will be just a skip and a jump.You will be moving to the music of your choice and having a terrific time.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Zits and Zats.

The Tale of the Tails
By Ron Kosaka, Kapolei
The undisputed king of all male civilian garments is the evening tail-suit. Its long tails confer dignity, while its starched white expanse of pique waistcoat, shirt and tie flatters even the roundest of face and plumpest of figure. Not in Hawaii, of course.

"Music is the shorthand of emotion." ~ Leo Tolstoy

First called a riding coat, very little about the evening tailcoat has changed in the last two hundred years. Its major alteration occurred when the double-breasted model was altered, removing the B-Hone in the front. Thus the single-breasted cutaway was born and endures today.

A tailor-cutter competition, held in 1929 to establish the dress style that most suited the average man, has endured. If you are going into International Dance Style and Competitions you may as well buy it. Seventy-five years later, the style perseveres.

"Getting Sentimental Over You" by Tommy Dorsey
 

The one I have seen most and maybe I can
get somebody's attention.
 
"Europa" by Santana

From the Dance World

Dancing motivates and fulfills your social goals and reinforces positive concepts. Learning new steps stimulates thinking and gives you a sense of mastery and ego esteem. Changing partners is part of the social purpose. This keeps one learning faster and should give you confidence to dance with anyone not just one partner.

"To teach is to learn twice."

Check in with the other blogs on the island. they have much good information that we don't have. The more you know, the better.